"Only great teams can do what we did here".
Di Francesco, for his part, said "Rome deserved 10 out of 10 for application, I saw a mature team, that played a careful game".
So, as Shakhtar were pushing for an equaliser, Ferreyra took his frustration out on the ball boy by shoving him over the advertising boards to get the ball back.
After the 31-year-old's proposed move to Chelsea fell through in the winter transfer window, Dzeko helped the balance sheet of the club's U.S. owner James Pallotta by securing Roma's place in the last eight of Europe's lucrative elite competition.
It's all on the line at the Stadio Olimpico, where Roma is hoping to join Juventus as Italian teams alive in the final eight of the competition.
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UEFA says it charged Roma for timewasting by a ballboy during its Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk. "We could have killed the tie in the first leg and come here with a bigger advantage".
"If we face an opponent with this attitude and determination, we can go far".
"Dzeko, of course, was a key player, but apart from his goal they didn't have a chance, we had possession". The hosts then held firm to reach the last eight for the first time in ten years, with Shakhtar failing to register a shot on target in the entire match.
Looking forward to Friday's draw, Dzeko said "all the teams are strong, we'll play our best, to our utmost force, with any of them".
There will also be at least three Italian coaches in the quarter-finals - Di Francesco, Massimiliano Allegri of Juventus and Vincenzo Montella of Sevilla.